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Afternoon Everyone!

Recently changed the oil and put in new filter, changed spark plugs and charged the battery. The bike sounds like it wants to start and turn over but its having a lot of issues. The oil light wont turn off either so not sure if oil is getting to the engine or not. Thinking about doing a Seafoam treatment for the carburetor or just cleaning it all together. Some help or ideas on why it wont turn over would be great!

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So, was this bike running prior to the work done above? And, what happens when you press the start button? Does the engine turn at all?
 

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The bike ran for a week or two prior but the day (4/8) I went to change the oil, spark plugs and batteries it would not start. Even rechecked everything I had done and still no luck. When I hold the clutch down and press start its starts to go and makes the effort but it doesnt ever turn over. I'm thinking carbs at this point.
 

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Are you sure the battery is good?
Carburetor problems wouldn't cause the engine to not turn over unless they flooded over so much that the cylinders/crankcase is full of fuel causing a hydraulic lock.
 
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I think there is some confusion in mechanical terminology.

"Turn over" means the engine will turn when the starter is activated.

"Start" means the engine will run.

These are not interchangeable in mechanic-speak.

An engine can turn over and start, or turn over and not start, or not turn over at all.

These two terms get mistakenly interchanged often, which makes it difficult to diagnose problems in text. A mechanic hears "Won't turn over" and assumes the starter and engine does nothing when pressing the start button.

The oil light will generally stay on until the engine actually starts and there is oil pressure present. Sometimes the starter will turn over the engine fast enough to turn off the light, depending on design.
 

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Its brand new battery. Had it tested anyway since it sat in a garage for the winter month and everything came back in good condition.
 

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From Dodsfall:

"Turn over" means the engine will turn when the starter is activated.
"Start" means the engine will run.
These are not interchangeable in mechanic-speak.
An engine can turn over and start, or turn over and not start, or not turn over at all.


So seeing Dodsfall's post above... More information please.
 

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Any recommendations on how to check to see if fuel is getting to the engine? I only focus on that since I just put in new plugs on Sunday thinking that may solve it.
 

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Haven’t rechecked the plugs since I installed the new ones but I’ll check to see if they smell like gas next time I work on the bike.
 
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